The yard looks beautiful! How long did it take you to “smother” it? How did you do it?
Hello, Kaitlin, thanks for your question.
The front lawn was liberated in the early 1990’s when we transformed it into edible landscaping. Having moved into a home Pasadena in 1985 from a 10 acre rural property in Florida, Farmer D didn’t want to continue spending time caring for and watering such worthless piece of ground. Being the radical he was, he declared war on the wasteful lawn and smothered it under a layer of newspaper and loads of free mulch. Much easier (on the back) than digging all that grass out.
Of course, it was an unusual decision at the time and our neighbors thought us crazy – well, we were already looked at as crazy anyway being the then only white family on the entire block. Looking back, we were definitely in the forefront of the lawn liberation movement that is now sweeping the nation. Neighbors would walk by, stop and point at all the vegetables growing the front yard and also point to the stunning and colorful massing of wildflowers growing alongside. We had already planted a garden in the backyard the summer we first moved in (1985). Still, it was rather an odd feeling having squash and corn growing in the front yard; but, the awkward feeling soon passed when we realized that the front yard now was actually productive providing our family with food and beauty. So what if the neighbors thought us oddball? We were taking a stand against the conformity of society by growing food in our front yard. If you know you don’t want to be “like the Joneses” but you aren’t sticking out, then what’s the point?
That was nearly 18 years ago and look where this radical act has taken us. It was followed by even more liberating steps on our urban sustainable journey: citified farm animals, alternative energy, transportation, alternative cooking methods, waste, water, etc., etc. Once we took the first step, we couldn’t stop there. The sustainable path if full of basic, alternative steps that eventually lead to independence and true freedom.
I’ve diverted a bit from the question, but it just goes to show you how one radical step leads to another and another. You have been warned! *wink* Liberating your lawn is liberates more than your lawn from wasteful practices — you, too, become liberated.
Free yourself and grow your own food. Plant a front yard Victory Garden. The results are beautiful and productive.